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Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of June 6: Open Road Films Grabs ‘Marshall,’ IFC Goes For ‘Antibirth’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.

Antibirth movie

“Antibirth”

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman as legendary attorney and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Josh Gad as lawyer Sam Friedman. The film will also star Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown and Keesha Sharp and will be directed by Reginald Hudlin. The film “is based on a true incident in the life of Thurgood Marshall, when he was a young lawyer, long before his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Marshall to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman, a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.” The film began principal photography in Buffalo, New York on May 23.

– IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to Danny Perez’s “Antibirth.” The film, written and directed by Perez, stars Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly and Mark Webber. It had its world premiere in the Midnight section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In the film “trailer dweller Lou (Lyonne) and her best friend Sadie (Sevigny) spend most of their nights steeped in a murky haze of pot smoke and booze-filled TV-watching sessions, venturing out on occasion to party in a desolate community full of drug-addled ex-marines and other miscreants of society. After an otherwise normal night of self-destructive behavior, Lou awakens with symptoms of a bizarre illness and psychosomatic, recurring visions that she can’t seem to shake.”

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– Grasshopper Film announced has picked up all U.S. distribution rights to “Lost and Beautiful,” the stunning, multiple-award-winning film from Italian director Pietro Marcello. An official selection of both the Toronto Film Festival and New Directors / New Films, “Lost and Beautiful” will open in theaters later this year.

– Gravitas Ventures has secured North American and Latin American rights to “Billionaire Ransom” from Radiant Films International. The action packed thriller follows “spoiled rich kids who have to fast track growing up to battle kidnappers” and stars Jeremy Sumpter, Sebastian Koch, Phoebe Tonkin, Dominic Sherwood and Ed Westwick. It will arrive in select theaters and be available on demand August 19 in the U.S. and Canada.

"Aquarius"

“Aquarius”

Netflix

– FilmBuff has licensed U.S. rights to distribute the paternity-dramedy “Don’t Worry Baby,” starring John Magaro, Christopher McDonald, Tom Lipinski and Dreama Walker.The film received the Audience Award at the 2016 Sun Valley Film Festival after premiering at the 2015 Sarasota Film Festival. The film, a joint production between The Sight Group and Manamarin, is written and directed by Branciforte, produced by Nick Shore and Thomas Kaier along with Jean-Raphael Ambron, Sam Harper, Brendan McHugh, and executive produced by Jamie Krasnoff and Johnny Sutak. Sam Scupp negotiated the deal on behalf of FilmBuff. It will be available on all major On Demand platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, the Microsoft Store and Vudu on July 22.

– BOND/360 has today it has acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to “An Art That Nature Makes,” an artful documentary charting the career of celebrated photographer of natural and found objects, Rosamond Purcell. Imbuing found objects with her artistry, Purcell’s photos show an oft hidden beauty, now captured in the acclaimed documentary by filmmaker Molly Bernstein. BOND/360 will release the documentary in theaters commencing August and September 2016, beginning with a week-long opening at NYC’s Film Forum on August 10 followed by a Los Angeles opening on September 2, which will include an exhibit of select photographs from Purcell’s oeuvre.

– Netflix has picked up Houda Benyamina’s Camera d’Or winning directorial debut “Divines” along with Brazilian helmer Kleber Mendonça Filho’s sophomore outing “Aquarius,” both of which recently debuted at Cannes. “Divines” will be available later this year globally except in France. “Aquarius” will be on Netflix in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Latin America (not including Brazil), and the U.K., with other regions soon to be confirmed. The news was first reported by Variety.

– Film and television distributor FilmRise has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Elaine May’s “Mike Nichols: American Masters.” The distributor will release the documentary, which premiered recently on PBS to rave reviews, throughout the world in all media as early as summer 2016. The DVD and Blu-ray will contain exclusive additional footage not seen in the broadcast version of the film, including interviews with Bob Balaban, James L. Brooks, Tommy Tune and Robert Osborne.

"The Congressman"

“The Congressman”

– Vision Films is set to release the political satire “The Congressman” to all major VOD platforms on June 21 following a successful theatrical release across the country throughout April and May. Written and directed by former Long Island Congressman Robert J. Mrazek, the film stars Treat Williams, George Hamilton, Elizabeth Marvel and Ryan Merriman, it follows Williams as “a seasoned Maine Congressman who has grown disillusioned with political infighting and special interest lobbyists. When a video of him failing to rise during the pledge of allegiance goes viral, he finds himself entrenched in a public firestorm.”

– Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to “For The Love of Spock.” The highly anticipated documentary is not only a tribute to the titular character and the actor who portrayed him but also serves as an homage to the dedicated fans who have adored and respected him for decades. The film premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. It will arrive in U.S. theaters and on demand on September 9.

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